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Rebeldes yihadistas lanzan nuevo ataque a la ciudad de Alepo

Published 2019-11-08 23:17:58 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Siria

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (12:20 p.m.) – Los rebeldes yihadistas en el campo de Alepo lanzaron un nuevo ataque contra la capital provincial esta tarde, cuando sus fuerzas atacaron los distritos densamente poblados de la ciudad. Según un informe de la capital provincial, los rebeldes yihadistas de Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham atacaron a Alepo con una serie de misiles y alcanzaron los distritos de Nueva Alepo y Al-Hamdaniya. No se han reportado víctimas. Este ataque de los rebeldes yihadistas se produce al mismo tiempo que se informaron ataques aéreos rusos sobre el campo occidental de la gobernación de Alepo. Según los informes, la… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Siria


Breaking: Heavy clashes breakout in northeast Latakia as Syrian troops attempt to advance at Kabani

Published 2019-11-08 23:12:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out this evening between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels at the southern axis of Kabani in northeastern Latakia. Syrian Army troops, led by the 4th Armored Division, are attempting to advance at the northern slope of the Zuwayqat Mountains, despite heavy resistance from the jihadist rebel forces. The last hills at the Zuwayqat Mountains are incredibly difficult to capture because of the wide open terrain that requires the Syrian Army troops to push into the area without any cover. This area, specifically, has been a thorn in the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria


Defensas aéreas iraníes derriban drones en el suroeste de Irán

Published 2019-11-08 23:06:42 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Medio-Oriente

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (12:00 p.m.) – El ejército iraní anunció el viernes que sus fuerzas de defensa aérea derribaron un vehículo aéreo no tripulado (UAV) que ingresó a su espacio aéreo. Según el informe, el avión no tripulado ingresó al espacio aéreo iraní desde la frontera suroeste de la República Islámica; sería inmediatamente derribado por sus fuerzas de defensa aérea. El informe del ejército dijo que los militares iraníes usaron su sistema de defensa aérea de rango medio Mersad para derribar el avión no tripulado sobre la provincia de Mahshar en la región suroeste de Irán. No especificaron a quién pertenecía… Read on ->

Tags: Drones, Iran


Siria y Rusia exigen que las fuerzas estadounidenses se retiren de Al-Tanf

Published 2019-11-08 22:53:33 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Siria

Rusia y Siria instan a la comunidad internacional a obligar a Estados Unidos a retirar por completo sus tropas del territorio sirio, dijeron el jueves los comités de coordinación conjunta en un comunicado sobre la situación humanitaria en el campo de refugiados de Rukban. Según el comunicado, Estados Unidos todavía ocupa un área de 34 millas alrededor de la base militar de Al-Tanf y se opone a la disolución de Rukban, informó RIA Novosti. La declaración cita que la reticencia de los Estados Unidos a garantizar la seguridad en ese territorio es la razón principal de la suspensión del plan… Read on ->

Tags: Rusia, Siria


Several rockets land near US base in northern Iraq

Published 2019-11-08 22:19:59 by News Desk in Iraq

About 17 rockets have been fired at a military base hosting US forces in northern Iraq, but because the barrage only landed near the base, it did not result in any injuries or significant damage, Reuters reported, citing an Iraqi military statement. A security source told Reuters that the rockets struck near the Qayyara military base. The attackers behind the strike remain unknown. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility. Pentagon chief Mark Esper said in October that US President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria’s north, as Turkey pressed on with its… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq


Turkish military runs over protester in northern Syria: monitor

Published 2019-11-08 21:27:31 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – A Syrian protester was killed this week after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday, The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted the convoy with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters. Ten people were hospitalized, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the man was… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries do: Erdogan

Published 2019-11-08 21:18:05 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

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Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday. He also said that Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until every one of them has left the region, Reuters reports. “We will not let up until every last terrorist leaves the region,” Erdogan said, referring to the YPG, the main component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Ankara views as a terrorist organization. Speaking to reporters on a flight home from Hungary, Erdogan also said that Turkey “will not leave here until the other countries get… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey


Syrian Army, SDF troops team together to take on Turkish-backed militants

Published 2019-11-08 20:31:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have teamed up to beat back the Turkish-backed militants and retake territories they lost over the last few weeks. On Friday, the SAA and SDF were able to turn the tables on the Turkish-backed militants as they retook a town and some points near Abu Rasin in northwestern Al-Hasakah. According to a Syrian Army source in Tal Tamr, the SAA and SDF are both coordinating with one another in northwestern Al-Hasakah to prevent any further advances by the militants. The source said their tanks and… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Baghdadi’s first wife leaked Daesh’s secrets after her capture: report

Published 2019-11-08 20:03:03 by News Desk in Syria

Ankara received “a lot of information” about the “inner workings” of the Daesh* terrorist group from the “first wife” of the group’s late leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, AFP reported, citing an anonymous Turkish official. According to the source, the wife, whose real name is Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi, was captured around a year ago in the province of Hatay, near the Syrian border. “We discovered [her] real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and [Daesh]. We were able to confirm a lot of things that we already knew. We also obtained new… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria


Russian choppers carry out patrols along the Syrian-Turkish border: video

Published 2019-11-08 18:46:46 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – On Friday, the Russian military began their first air patrols over the vast Syrian-Turkish border. Russian military choppers were seen flying over several border points in northern Syria, including cities like Ras Al-‘Ayn, Al-Qamishli, Al-Debasiyeh, Al-Malkiyah, Kobane, and Tal Abyad. Video footage of these patrols was captured earlier in the day, as Russian choppers closely monitored the fragile situation in northern Syria. https://twitter.com/Ozkok_A/status/1192844007468126208

Tags: Kobane, Russian, Syria


El líder político de Hamas advierte a Israel sobre las capacidades del grupo

Published 2019-11-08 18:29:33 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Palestina

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (10:45 a.m.) – El jefe del buró político de Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, dijo a los estudiantes universitarios durante una reunión a principios de este mes que su grupo ha fortalecido sus fuerzas y ha mejorado sus capacidades militares. Durante la reunión, que se discutió en profundidad en el periódico libanés Al-Akhbar, Sinwar condenó a los estados árabes que están normalizando las relaciones con Israel. Luego elogiará tanto a Qatar como a Irán, señalando que ambas naciones han brindado ayuda humanitaria y militar al pueblo de Gaza. “Encontramos una disposición qatarí para fortalecer la resistencia humanitaria en Gaza”. Dijo… Read on ->

Tags: Hamas, Palestina


First Su-57 stealth fighters to enter Russian military service

Published 2019-11-08 18:10:21 by News Desk in World-News

The first serial-produced fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet is ready for its delivery to Russia’s Aerospace Force, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko told journalists on Friday. “As for the program of creating fifth-generation aircraft, we can see together with you that the first serial-produced Su-57 plane is actually ready for its delivery to the troops. It will be delivered to the Aerospace Force before the end of this year,” the deputy defense minister said after his visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Enterprise, which is building Russia’s most advanced fighter jets. “Next year, we are expecting to get another such plane and… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


La coalición naval liderada por Estados Unidos lanza operaciones “para proteger” las aguas del Golfo

Published 2019-11-08 17:55:49 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Medio-Oriente

Una coalición naval liderada por Estados Unidos lanzó oficialmente operaciones en Bahrein el jueves para proteger el envío en las aguas del Golfo, luego de una serie de ataques. La coalición, destinada a evitar una amenaza percibida para el suministro mundial de petróleo, ha estado en proceso desde junio. Irán ha negado cualquier responsabilidad por los misteriosos ataques y ha presentado sus propias propuestas para impulsar la seguridad del Golfo, que excluyen a las potencias externas. Bahrein, que alberga la Quinta Flota de la Marina de los EE. UU., Se unió al Constructo de Seguridad Marítima Internacional (IMSC) en agosto…. Read on ->

Tags: EE.UU., Golfo, Iran


Irán puede lograr una bomba nuclear en menos de un año: inteligencia israelí

Published 2019-11-08 17:33:39 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Medio-Oriente

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (10:20 a.m.) – Irán es capaz de producir una bomba nuclear en menos de un año, dijo una fuente de inteligencia israelí a Kan 11 el jueves por la noche, según informó Arutz Sheva. “Irán puede lograr una bomba nuclear en menos de un año, si deciden actuar rápidamente en esa dirección”, dijo la inteligencia israelí a Kan 11. Además, la fuente de inteligencia israelí dijo que Israel sigue enviando materiales a la Agencia Internacional de Energía Atómica (AIEA), pero que debido a la burocracia, la agencia verifica los materiales muy lentamente. Israel ha estado monitoreando de cerca… Read on ->

Tags: Ian, Israel


Ex primer ministro libanés cuestionado por desaparición de $ 11 mil millones durante tiempo en el cargo

Published 2019-11-08 17:21:37 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Libano

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (9:30 a.m.) – El fiscal financiero del Líbano interrogó el jueves al ex primer ministro Fouad Siniora por la desaparición de $ 11 mil millones durante su mandato. La oficina de Siniora emitió un comunicado diciendo que la cantidad total se había gastado en canales legítimos. Este es el primer incidente en el que un ex primer ministro libanés ha sido convocado para tal interrogatorio y sigue a las protestas contra la élite gobernante acusada de corrupción generalizada. Los opositores a Siniora, quien se desempeñó como Primer Ministro entre 2005 y 2008 y también se desempeñó como Ministro… Read on ->

Tags: Libano


Damasco le dio a Irán misiles israelíes avanzados capturados en Siria: medios rusos

Published 2019-11-08 17:05:00 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Siria

BEIRUT, LÍBANO (9:10 a.m.) – El ejército sirio no le dio a Rusia el avanzado misil tierra-aire israelí que aterrizó dentro de Siria en julio de 2018, informó el jueves la publicación de aviación rusa Avia.Pro. En cambio, la publicación rusa afirma que Damasco transfirió el misil israelí a Irán, quien, a su vez, planea realizar ingeniería inversa del proyectil. “Resultó que el misil no fue a Moscú, sino a Irán, lo que significa serios problemas para Israel en el contexto de una escalada de la situación con la República Islámica”, informó Avia.Pro. “De hecho, el misil no fue a… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Siria


Rusia comienza patrullas aéreas sobre el norte de Siria, impone zona de exclusión aérea

Published 2019-11-08 16:52:27 by Nick Leon in Espanol, Siria

Las fuerzas aeroespaciales rusas han comenzado a patrullar helicópteros diariamente en las provincias del norte de Siria, dijo a los periodistas el piloto militar ruso Dmitry Ivanov. “Hemos comenzado a realizar tareas especiales de patrullaje aéreo en las provincias del norte de Siria. El patrullaje aéreo se lleva a cabo en varias rutas. Los vuelos se realizan en un helicóptero … pares a altitudes de 50-60 metros [164-200 pies] “, Dijo Ivanov. Según el piloto, el objetivo principal de las patrullas, que se realizarán diariamente, es garantizar la seguridad en las zonas de patrulla y escoltar a los convoyes de… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Latakia, Rusia, Siria


Ansarallah forces capture strategic hills inside southern Saudi Arabia: video

Published 2019-11-08 16:42:35 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored an important advance in the southern region of Saudi Arabia this week, as their troops managed to capture a number of hills in the Jizan region’s Al-Dood area. In a video released on Thursday, the Ansarallah forces can be seen fighting their way up this rugged terrain and eventually taking control of the hills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqIiajBcRoI

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen


Dozens of people pelt Turkish and Russian troops with rocks in northeast Syria: video

Published 2019-11-08 16:20:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Dozens of people in northeastern Syria were filmed pelting the Turkish and Russian troops with rocks as they drove by a formerly SDF-held town. According to ANHA, the villagers pelted the joint Turkish-Russian forces inside the village of Derna Agha, which is in the Al-Hasakah Governorate. https://youtu.be/-xCrWMEaiNA

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


First video of Iran shooting down foreign drone

Published 2019-11-08 16:03:23 by News Desk in Iran

Iranian media have released a video showing how the country’s domestically-produced air defence systems stationed at the southern port of Mahshahr shot missiles at an unidentified drone that violated the country’s airspace. According to a report by the Tasnim News Agency, the air defence system Mersad was used to take down the drone. https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1192779688961302533?s=20 Ghulam Reza Shariati, Governor of Khuzestan Province where the port of Mahshahr is located, stated to the media outlet Young Journalists Club that the drone’s remains are currently being retrieved by the military. He added that the unmanned aerial aircraft “definitely” belonged to a foreign state, without naming which one.  … Read on ->

Tags: Iran


YPG spy who pretended to be FSA killed 3 militants while they were sleeping

Published 2019-11-08 15:26:08 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – A spy from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a surprise attack against a group of sleeping Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in the Afrin countryside this week, opposition activists reported from northern Aleppo. According to the reports, the YPG portrayed himself as a rebel fighter and was encamped with the FSA in the Marimin area of Afrin when he opened fire on the militants, killing all three while they were sleeping. Following the attack, the spy was reported to have escaped to the YPG-held areas in northern Aleppo before he could be… Read on ->

Tags: FSA, Syria, YPG


Iran confirms downing of foreign drone near southwestern port

Published 2019-11-08 14:47:44 by News Desk in Iran

A drone has been shot down above the Iranian port of Mahshahr in the country’s south on the shores of the Persian Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported. It’s unclear at the moment from the report whether the unmanned aerial aircraft (UAV) was a military or civil one. According to a report by the Tasnim News Agency, the port’s air defence system Mersad was activated to shoot down the unidentified aircraft after it was detected in the port’s airspace. Iranian officials have not commented on the report yet. Ghulam Reza Shariati, Governor of Khuzestan Province in which the Mahshahr port… Read on ->

Tags: Iran


Far more than 10,000 terrorists are still in Idlib: UN

Published 2019-11-08 14:35:23 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The coordinator of analytical support and sanctions monitoring for the Islamic State terrorist organization, Edmund Vitton Brown, announced that the Idlib region includes more than 10,000 terrorists from different groups. According to Brown, the UN Monitoring Team believes that the Idlib area has “far more than 10,000 fighters.” “We have said that the al-Qaeda guards have about 2,000 fighters,” Veton Brown told Sputnik. For their leaders, so I wouldn’t guess ISIS numbers in Idlib. ” It should be noted that previous estimates about the number of terrorists in Idlib have been said to be between… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian Air Force unleashes big attack over Jisr Al-Shughour as offensive approaches

Published 2019-11-08 14:16:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a powerful attack over the Jisr Al-Shughour District of western Idlib, today, targeting several sites under the control of the jihadist rebels. According to an army source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force launched over 15 airstrikes in western Idlib on Friday, hitting a number of targets belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party, Hurras Al-Deen group, and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham. The source said the Syrian Air Force also participate in the attack, launching more than five airstrikes themselves on the militant-held territories near the Turkish border region. This… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Joint Syrian Army, SDF troops capture town in northwestern Al-Hasakah

Published 2019-11-08 13:51:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a joint attack on the defenses of the Turkish-backed militants near the town of Abu Rasin on Friday. Backed by heavy artillery, the SDF and SAA forces stormed the positions of the so-called “Syrian National Army” at the town of Musharifah Umm Shu’ayfah, resulting in a brief battle with the Turkish-backed militants. According to reports from the Al-Hasakah countryside, the SAA and SDF troops were able to expel the militants from the town and impose full control over this rural area near Abu Rasin…. Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Russian and Turkish forces carry out patrol stretching 65km: video

Published 2019-11-08 13:36:54 by News Desk in Syria

The Russian military police and Turkey’s border service have completed their third joint patrol after covering more than 65 miles. “On 8 November the third joint patrol of the Russian military police and Turkey’s border service has started work in a new border region, located several dozens of kilometres to the north-east of Qamishli”, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement. https://youtu.be/UeEDyehAaE0 The patrol headed eastward along Syria’s border with Turkey. The route will be over 100 kilometres (62 miles) and it will pass through several major settlements, according to the ministry. Russo-Turkish Joint Patrols Earlier, the Russian military… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Russian, Turkish forces carry out 3rd patrol in Syria

Published 2019-11-08 12:44:26 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Russia and Turkey have begun the third joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria on Friday, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense informed. “In accordance with the agreement reached with the Russian Federation in Sochi on October 22, 2019, the third ground patrol in the area between Qamishli and al-Malikiyah [settlements] to the east of the Euphrates [River] with the participation of Turkish and Russian military and aided by drones has begun,” the ministry informed. On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum on joint actions in northeastern Syria. According to the document,… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, Turkey


Jihadist rebels launch new attack on Aleppo city

Published 2019-11-08 12:31:26 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Aleppo countryside launched a new attack on the provincial capital this afternoon, as their forces targeted the densely populated districts of the city. According to report from the provincial capital, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham targeted Aleppo with a number of missiles, hitting the New Aleppo and Al-Hamdaniyah districts. No casualties have been reported. This attack by the jihadist rebels comes at the same time Russian airstrikes were reported over the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate. The Russian Air Force was reportedly to have launched a couple… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Syria


Breaking: Iranian air defenses shoot down drone in southwestern Iran

Published 2019-11-08 12:19:33 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Iranian Army announced on Friday that their air defense forces shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered its airspace. According to the report, the drone entered Iranian airspace from the Islamic Republic’s southwestern border; it would be immediately shot down by their air defense forces. The army’s report said the Iranian military used their Mersad mid-range air defense system to shoot down the drone over the Mahshar Province in the southwestern region of Iran. They did not specify who the drone belonged to.

Tags: Iran


Syrian Army takes over large oil field previously held by US military: photos

Published 2019-11-08 12:10:56 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Earlier this week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took control over a large oil field in the Al-Hasakah countryside. According to a military source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army took control of the Mullah ‘Abbas oil field in the Al-Qamishli District after the U.S. Armed Forces withdrew from the area. As shown in the photos below, the Syrian Army is now in full control of the site and repair crews have already begun work on restoring the oil field.

Tags: Hasakah, Syria


Syria, Russia demand US forces withdraw from Al-Tanf

Published 2019-11-08 11:30:37 by News Desk in Syria

Russia and Syria urge the international community to compel the United States to completely withdraw its troops from the Syrian territory, the joint coordination committees said on Thursday in a statement on the humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp. According to the statement, the US is still occupying a 34-mile area around the Al-Tanf military base and opposes the disbandment of Rukban, RIA Novosti reported. The statement cites that the United States’ reluctance to guarantee safety in that territory as the main reason for the suspension of the United Nations’ plan for evacuating the camp’s residents. “It is precisely… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, Syria, US


Hamas political leader warns Israel of group’s capabilities

Published 2019-11-08 11:13:08 by News Desk in Middleeast, Palestine

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The head of Hamas’ political bureau, Yahya Sinwar, told university students during a meeting earlier this month that his group has strengthened their forces and improved their military capabilities. During the meeting, which was discussed in length in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Sinwar condemned Arab states that are normalizing relations with Israel. He would then go on to praise both Qatar and Iran, pointing out that both of these nations have provided humanitarian and military aid to the people of Gaza. “We found a Qatari readiness to strengthen the humanitarian resilience in Gaza.” He said… Read on ->

Tags: Gaza, Hamas, Palestine


US-led naval coalition launches operations ‘to protect’ Gulf waters

Published 2019-11-08 10:50:11 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast

A US-led naval coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain on Thursday to protect shipping in the Gulf waters, after a string of attacks. The coalition, aimed at warding off a perceived threat to the world’s oil supply, has been in the making since June. Iran has denied any responsibility for the mystery attacks and has put forward its own proposals for boosting Gulf security, which exclude outside powers. Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in August. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates followed suit in September. Australia and Britain are… Read on ->

Tags: Gulf, Iran, US


Iran can achieve a nuclear bomb in less than a year: Israeli intelligence

Published 2019-11-08 10:36:58 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Iran is capable of producing a nuclear bomb in less than a year, an Israeli intelligence source told Kan 11 on Thursday evening, as reported by Arutz Sheva. “Iran can achieve a nuclear bomb within less than a year, if they decide to act quickly in that direction,” the Israeli intelligence was quoted telling Kan 11. Furthermore, the Israeli intelligence source said that Israel conitnues to pass materials to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but that due to bureaucracy, the agency checks the materials very slowly. Israel has been closely monitoring the Iranian nuclear… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel


Ex-Lebanese PM questioned over disappearance of $11 billion during time in office

Published 2019-11-08 10:03:32 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – Lebanon’s financial prosecutor has questioned ex-Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on Thursday over the disappearance of $11 billion during his premiership. Siniora’s office issued a statement saying the entire amount had been spent on legitimate channels. This is the first incident in which a former Lebanese Prime Minister has been summoned for such and interrogation, and follows protests against the ruling elite accused of widespread corruption. Opponents of Siniora, who served as Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008 and also served as Finance Minister for two terms, say there are no documents for the $11 billion… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon


Damascus gave Iran advanced Israeli missile captured in Syria: Russian media

Published 2019-11-08 09:34:54 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian military did not give Russia the advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that landed inside Syria in July 2018, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Thursday. Instead, the Russian publication claims that Damascus transferred the Israeli missile to Iran, who, in turn, plans to reverse engineer the projectile. “As it turned out, the missile did not go to Moscow, but to Iran, which means serious problems for Israel against the backdrop of an escalation of the situation with the Islamic Republic,” Avia.Pro reported. “In fact, the missile did not go to Russia at all,… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria


Russia begins air patrols over northern Syria, imposes no-fly-zone

Published 2019-11-08 09:16:07 by News Desk in Syria

Russian Aerospace Forces have begun daily helicopters patrols in Syria’s northern provinces, Russian military pilot Dmitry Ivanov told reporters. “We have begun to carry out special air patrolling tasks in the northern provinces of Syria. Air patrolling is carried out on several routes. Flights are conducted in a helicopter… pairs at altitudes of 50-60 meters [164-200 feet]”, Ivanov said. According to the pilot, the main goal of the patrols, which will be conducted daily, is to ensure security in patrol zones and escort military police convoys. Following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,… Read on ->

Tags: Hasakah, Raqqa, Russia, Syria


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